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Publicity during elections: the parameters

This briefing focuses on the constraints on local authority publicity during election periods. It discusses the impact of the rules on elected members and the capacity and necessity for leadership in councils to tackle discriminatory election campaigns.

LGiU live coverage of the Local Elections 2013

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The LGiU and our guest contributors will be live blogging during the 2013 Local Elections on 2 May and throughout the counts the next day.

Councillors on the frontline: Government response to Select Committee Report

This briefing reports on the government’s response to the recent Select Committee inquiry on the role that councillors play in their communities.Key recommendations included the possibility of councils transferring the whole responsibility for setting allowances to independent local bodies, and a review of ways that employers can be encouraged to support those of their staff who serve as councillors. Ministers have not accepted any of the Committee’s specific recommendations. In the response, they set out their view of the role of councillors in the context of localism. This briefing will be of interest to all elected members, member support staff, and those involved in community engagement. Some issues are topical for members and officers with responsibilities for commissioning and procurement policies.

Calling government to account: a perspective on the CLG Select Committee

This briefing reviews the work of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in the current UK parliament. It considers what to expect of a select committee – its role and remit – and what scope it has for influence. Information is provided on recent reports and current inquiries.The briefing is of interest to all concerned with the implementation of localism, and it draws attention to reports and inquiries on planning, housing, welfare reform, regional policy, the mutual and co-operative provision of services, and the role of councillors

LGiU and CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards 2013 – Shortlist announced!

The LGiU and CCLA are pleased to announce the shortlisted candidates for the C’llr Achievement Awards 2013 following a record-breaking number of entries this year.

Shaping the councillor role for the future

The report of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, Councillors on the frontline, is the latest in a long line of aspirational reviews of the role and responsibilities of councillors. Inevitably the Committee considered perennial issues of representation and democratic mandate, but this cross-party group of MPs has made some important contemporary findings, and reached some useful conclusions.

Councillors on the frontline: A Select Committee Report

This briefing outlines the main findings of a Select Committee inquiry on the role that councillors play in their communities, which covered localism, the nature of representation, barriers to becoming a councillor, support and training.

Key recommendations include the possibility of councils transferring the whole responsibility for setting allowances to independent local bodies, and a review of ways that employers can be encouraged to support those of their staff who serve as councillors.

The briefing also draws attention to the government’s announcement that the councillor pension scheme will close in 2014.

It will be of interest to all elected members, member support staff, and those involved in community engagement. Some recommendations are aimed at officers with responsibilities for commissioning and procurement policies.

Councillor Allowances: Select Committee report on Councillors on the Front-line

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    The cross-party Communities and Local Government Select Committee have today released details of an inquiry into the modern councillor. The inquiry looked at the role of councillors and how to tackle the different barriers that prevent people from standing …

C’llr Awards 2013: CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance

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The CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance seeks to celebrate and reward councillors for delivering value for money and better outcomes for local people. In the current context this is more important than ever. With a 50 year …

2013 C’llr Awards: Deadline extended to Friday 18th January!

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We have now extended the deadline of the LGiU and CCLA C’llr Awards to Friday 18th January. There are 11 awards up for grabs including a £10,000 scholarship for a councillor keen to fund a project to advance the cause of localism.